Trotsky & Stalin

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Essay – Power Struggle Between Stalin and Trotsky

In 1921, Lenin’s health was delicate and fragile; he started suffering a series of strokes that in 1924 finally ended his life. In 1922 he “retired” from any business that had to do with the government. During this time he became more aware of the party’s weaknesses, and started to be conscious about the threat that Stalin supposed for not only the Bolsheviks, but for Russia’s future. Lenin wrote his “Letter to the Party Congress” in 1922, and alerted that Stalin was becoming too powerful and had to be removed immediately from his position. “That is why I suggest the comrades think about a way of removing Staling from that post and appointing another man in his stead who in all other respects differs from Comrade Stalin in having only one advantage, mainly, that of being more tolerant, more loyal, more polite, and more considerate to the comrades, less capricious, etc.” (Quote from Lenin’s Letter). January 21, 1924 Lenin dies, and a struggle for power between Stalin and Leon Trotsky takes place. Josep Stalin resulted as the victor, and for the next 30 years he would lead Russia towards a fast industrialization process that caused millions of deaths. Furthermore, it is accurate to say that Joseph Stalin’s rise was due to his skill and political planning. When Lenin died, there was a wave of commotion over the whole of Russia. Stores and theaters were closed for a week. Stalin managed to make Trotsky miss the ceremony by alerting him that he was going to be late for it. Trotsky had gone some days before to the south of Russia because he was ill and needed to recover. This made it look as if he wasn’t bothered to attend to the funeral. This caused his popularity to go down drastically. On the other behalf, Stalin “made the most of Lenin’s funeral”. It was the opportunity for Stalin to place himself as Lenin’s disciple. He wanted the same admiration and prestige that he had. Industrialization was vital for...
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